Somehow, I didn't realize that Thanksgiving was so close. We will be traveling to see my grandparents, which is a six hour drive with two boys, two dogs, and a husband. We made this same trip over the summer, and I found some great ways to entertain the boys. Go here for some helpful hints if you are traveling for the holidays. You can also find some tips on packing here.
I have also begun preparing for Christmas. I love the website Organized Christmas but always miss the start of it. Even still, it is very helpful with everything. In addition to all of the wonderful printouts they provide, I created a budget sheet in Excel that totals all of our expenses.
We save for Christmas throughout the year by depositing a small amount into a separate savings account specifically for Christmas. When I'm ready to buy gifts or other items, I move the money back into our checking account. The amount we save translates to the Grand Total for our Budget column. I play with the numbers of the items until I get it to equal the right amount.